Every now and again, I get a blog photo shoot. Just to keep you on your toes.
The buttonholes may need reinforcing in time. For now, I am good with checking up on them.
What you couldn’t see when it was flat on the table in the last post.
I was running too late to push my luck for pics of the now completed Laar Cardigan (yep, finally).
The Seriously fun spin
In the crunch that was my lead-up to the Tour de Fleece this year, I didn’t write about this super spin. It’s The Painted Tiger‘s 40z braid of corriedale, Koi Pond.
We met Brooke at Stringtopia this year. These colours inspired me to try my first fractal spinning.
I used my Watson Martha wheel in double drive. Remarkable because just days before Martha was not in spinning condition:
When the bobbin/ flyer array of your dream wheel jumps off, hits the wheel frame and falls broken you might want to cry. One frantic call later, Mrs. Watson assured me that her son Andrew would help. Andrew did more than help, and I thank him.
Andrew said that it looked like an older partial break. He took a week to repair the flyer, and make Miss 1988 like new. Andrew also graciously showed me his personal wheels, and spoke with me about the business’ history as well as how to care for Martha.
Approx 392 yards all in! If you are looking for a new indie-dyer then definitely give Brooke a try. The fiber was not compacted at all, and the dye caught every last corner.
What Moms are For
My brother’s yeoman service did not end with delivering the backstrap loom to me. He also brought this up from Mom.
It’s crunchy handspun from her trip to Scotland this summer. Unique selling point for a card: Real Sheep’s Wool!
She also got me 100g each of organic Hebridean & Shetland wool from Garthenor. She might actually listen when I ramble on about “breed-specific” this and “breed-specific” that…
A weekend Happy
Finished my Jacob spin on Wee Peggy. No breaks were taken for cooking or dishes.
Approx 197 yds of 3-ply. I picked out kemp, spun it using scotch tension, and plied on my Martha. Grey Jacob is already on the bobbin. The idea is to make the Horatio & Oren mitts from this fall’s Twist Collective.
A little housekeeping
The blog’s “About” page was pretty dated, so I gave it a little edit over the weekend. I love writing posts, and may be making some small changes to the blog in the next little while.
Where I’ll be:
- The Spinning Loft, September 22, 23 for workshops with Deb Robson. Beth promises that my Martha will meet her Martha!
- The Woodstock Fleece Festival, October 13.
I’d love to know if you’ll be there too!